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Vitamin B12 and bone loss

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Low serum levels of vitamin B12 in elderly women is associated with more rapid bone loss from the hip than women with higher levels of vitamin B12, but is not associated with greater heel-area (calcaneal) bone loss, Katie Stone, University of California, San Francisco, et al. find in the March Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The retrospective cohort study was completed by 77 women, age 65 or older. At baseline visit, women gave a blood sample, had a calcaneal bone mineral density measurement and completed a questionnaire on supplement use and food frequency. Repeat measurements of calcaneal and hip BMD were repeated 3.5 and 5.9 years later. The collection of serum samples before measurement of change in bone mass is one of the study's strengths, researchers say...

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